House, Senate leaders look ahead to 2024 Kansas legislative session

(The Sentinel) – Will Kansans see a flat tax, property tax reform, and school choice in 2024? How about Medicaid expansion? What to do with a projected $4.5 billion budget… Read More

January 9, 2024
Public Education
How safe are school buildings, funded by taxpayers? We don’t know, think tank warns

It’s simply not known how safe school buildings are across the country, and there’s little accountability to taxpayers on the matter, according to a post by a global policy think… Read More

November 27, 2023
Local government violates the Constitution by charging taxes disguised as fees, church claims in new lawsuit

(The Daily Signal) – A Texas church is suing the local government, claiming that “illegal excessive” fees to install a water tap violate the U.S. Constitution and the state’s religious … Read More

November 21, 2023
Texans pass billions of dollars worth of bond debt, paid for by property tax hikes

(The Center Square) – Texans statewide passed billions of dollars’ worth of bonds on Tuesday, according to unofficial results. All bond proposition ballot language explicitly states, “This is a property… Read More

November 9, 2023
Public Education
Legal watchdog: Teachers’ union appears to not pay taxes on political spending

(The Center Square) – For four years, leaders of the American Federation of Teachers union toured the country doing political rallies for Democrats. Among the dozens of political events they… Read More

November 7, 2023
Abbott praises legislature for passing historic tax cuts bills, including school property tax rate

(The Center Square ) – Gov. Greg Abbott Thursday night praised the Texas legislature for passing historic property tax legislation – four days after the two chambers reached an agreement… Read More

July 14, 2023
Georgia’s school choice tax credit could save the state millions, audit reveals

(The Center Square) – Georgia’s Qualified Education Expense Tax Credit could save the state and local school districts millions of dollars in expenses. However, the Georgia Department of Audits &… Read More

July 11, 2023
Public Education
Washington collects $600 million more in taxes than lawmakers said they would for schools

(The Center Square) – The state of Washington collected nearly $600 million more in capital gains tax than expected for its schools. When legislators passed the state budget for 2023 to… Read More

June 1, 2023
Culture, Public Education
Illinois reallocates $30 million of COVID-19 testing funds for classroom air purifiers

(The Center Square) – Around $30 million has been designated to distribute 60,000 HEPA air purifiers in more than 3,000 Illinois schools across the state. Mike Claffey, of the Illinois… Read More

April 10, 2023
Public Education
Michigan school district to ask voters for $243 million bond

(The Center Square) – Saginaw Township residents might see up to a $460 annual increase in tax bills if voters approve a tax hike to repair school buildings. The Saginaw… Read More

March 29, 2023
Public Education
Delaware education spending rising as enrollment, test scores drop

(The Center Square) — Delaware is pouring more taxpayer money into education than most other states, but the spending hasn’t dramatically boosted enrollment or student test scores, according to a new… Read More

January 31, 2023
Public Education
How Pennsylvania schools hide funds to raise taxes without breaking the law

(The Center Square) – The auditor general published a 200-page report Monday that provided more insight into how 12 school districts raised taxes while hiding nearly $400 million funds –… Read More

January 31, 2023
Public Education
12 Pennsylvania school districts hid $400 million to pass tax increases, state auditor says

(The Center Square) – A dozen school districts in Pennsylvania exploited a legal loophole to raise millions of dollars in new taxes on the public without putting it to… Read More

January 26, 2023
Public Education
Education tax increase could be 8.3% if surplus funds not applied in Vermont

(The Center Square) – An increase in Vermont’s tax rate is on the horizon for the state’s upcoming fiscal year. The question early in this legislative session is by how… Read More

January 16, 2023
Analysis says Arizona’s school choice program saving taxpayers money, contradicting Gov. Hobbs

(The Center Square) – In her Jan. 9 State of the State address, Gov. Katie Hobbs said the expansion of Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Account program would bankrupt… Read More

January 12, 2023
Gov. Evers say he won’t sign a budget including school choice plan

(The Center Square) – Gov. Tony Evers is already taking things off the list of possible compromises at the Wisconsin Capitol. The governor told WISN TV on UPFRONT that he… Read More

January 10, 2023
Inslee proposes Washington taxpayers spend $15M on abortion services, training

(The Center Square) — Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed budget for the upcoming biennium includes $15 million in taxpayer money to be spent on providing abortion services and training for abortion… Read More

December 19, 2022
Public Education
Colorado votes to raise taxes on some for free universal school lunches

Colorado voters passed Proposition FF on Tuesday, which will raise state taxes on high-income households to make free school lunches available to all students. Although… Read More

November 9, 2022
New Hampshire faces new lawsuit over school funding

(The Center Square) – A group of New Hampshire taxpayers is suing the state over its school funding formula, claiming it has created inequities by forcing some communities to increase local… Read More

July 18, 2022
Public Education
Austin residents brace for higher property taxes as school enrollment declines

(The Center Square) – Austin Independent School District, the largest taxing authority in Travis County, recently commiserated with local homeowners regarding rising property taxes that will fund its schools. Earlier… Read More

May 25, 2022